Julia Gfrörer's Black Is the Color is sure to be one of the most talked-about graphic novel debuts of the season, having already garnered raves in its serialized webcomic form. With spare storytelling, dry, dark humor, and detailed, spidery ink lines, this swoon-worthy tale of sailors and mermaids, love and death lingers in the mind long after the last page is read.
Black Is the Color will be ready to join our other recent acclaimed sea-faring debuts Blacklung and Set to Sea on your bookshelves in about 2 months; an excerpt and pre-order details can be found right here.
In our downloadable preview you'll read the Table of Contents, a chapter introduction, and a sequence of strips wherein that no-good Mortimer Mouse tries to steal Minnie from Mickey by hook or by crook, and later, Mickey, Donald and Goofy do a little DIY home improvement... what could possibly go wrong? Will hilarity ensue? (Spoiler: Yes.)
It's the coffee-table book for people with tiny coffee tables! Paul Hornschemeier's Artists Authors Thinkers Directors collects Paul's stylistically diverse sketchbook portraits from his Daily Forlorn blog in a cute, compact hardcover, with brief writeups in the back explaining why each subject was chosen. It surely includes some of your favorite creative people. And when you're done enjoying it, you can leave it laying around your house to class up the place and show off your excellent taste.
This book is due to arrive in November or early December; pre-order now so you'll have plenty of time to wrap it up for stocking-stuffing season.
Arriving in just a few weeks, Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain is the fifth release (and the fifth volume) of the Complete Carl Barks Disney Library. In our downloadable preview, you'll see the first appearance of Barks's most famous original creation, Uncle Scrooge McDuck, in an excerpt from the title story, plus another chunk of a longer story (Donald tries his hand at horticulture; what could go wrong?) and two complete one-pagers. It's another handsome hardcover full of some of the greatest comics ever!
Julia Gfrörer's haunting debut graphic novel Black Is the Color started life as an acclaimed webcomic and is coming to print sometime around Thanksgiving. In this downloadable excerpt from the beginning of the book, young sailors Warren and Xavier are literally cast off to their fate in order to ensure the survival of their ship's crew. Later, there are mermaids. And black humor. And doomed romance. And romantic doom.
After you've had this salty taste of the story, secure your copy of the book by pre-ordering now.
Trina Robbins wrote the book, literally, on the history of women cartoonists, and now she's back with a completely revised, updated and rewritten version. Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 is an eye-opening, reader-friendly overview, loaded with illustrations and full comics pages in an oversized softcover format. From the early days of the art form, to the Golden Age, through the Underground, and into the present day, women's often-underappreciated contributions to the medium come under Robbins's spotlight to be given the recognition they deserve.
This book will be available in November; we'll have more previews for you in the coming weeks, and you can secure your copy by pre-ordering now.
Oh my gosh, gang, the advance copies of Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 by Charles M. Schulz are here and they are GAWRJUS. Even if you think "meh, I already have these strips in black & white in The Complete Peanuts, I don't need 'em in color," one look at this lovely, lovely book will convince you otherwise. Some lucky, lucky folks were able to pick up early copies at SPX this past weekend and we'll have a very limited amount at APE next month — everyone else will have to wait until late October or early November. Get on the early end of that window by pre-ordering now!
It's Peanuts! Every Sunday strip, in full color, together for the first time ever! What else do you need to know? OK, here are some other relevant facts:
• Using the same archival sources as The Complete Peanuts series, the line art has been crisply restored to our usual standards.
• The coloring is all-new, done by the lovely and talented Joanne Bagge (of the Seattle Bagges) and based on original tear sheets. As you can see in the excerpt, it's vibrant but slightly muted to give the same feeling as when the strips were originally printed on newsprint.
• Designed by our own Jacob Covey -- bold, yet understated.
• It's big -- fully twice the size of each volume of The Complete Peanuts!
• Yes, there will be slipcased sets. 10 volumes in total (released once a year), 5 box sets (every 2 years).
Our downloadable excerpt gives you the first 3 months of strips to read for free! The book is due in November for your holiday gift-shopping needs. Pre-order now for soonest delivery!
Consensus is that 2013 is the Year of Gilbert Hernandez, and his roll continues with a brand-new original graphic novel, Maria M. Book 1, the latest in his "Fritz B-Movie" series. These books are stand-alone stories that spin off from his long-running continuity, so they can be enjoyed by new readers and longtime fans alike. This newest volume is of especial interest to old-school Love and Rockets aficionados, seeing as how it's a retelling of the classic "Poison River" story (which can be found in Beyond Palomar) as adapted into a b-movie (told in comic form). And the star of the picture just happens to be portraying her own mother. Somebody call a psychologist... oh wait, she used to be one!
Presenting a special reel of preview footage — er, that is, a 13-page excerpt — for you to view and download. This book should arrive in stores in November (with Book 2 due in 2015); get a jump on the action by pre-ordering right here.
Here's your first advance peek at the fifth release in our Carl Barks Library series! Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain is another 240 pages of some of the best comics ever made, along with the usual supplemental story notes from the experts. This volume includes a special highlight among all the globe-trotting adventures and hilarious slapstick: the first appearance of Uncle Scrooge! And wait until you see the giant octopus.
We know most people don't want to think about the holidays just yet, but think about it: if you pre-order now (instead of waiting until they come out in November) that's one less thing you'll have to worry about later!